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Brandon North is a poetry candidate in the NEOMFA program. He holds an MA in Literature from Wright State University, which is located in Dayton, Ohio, his hometown.

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After the Calamity I Planned a Lifetime For

Brandon North

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I meet a man
who offers me his toothbrush.

I trade my garbage bag.

Then a handshake
in falling volcanic ash.

This janitor will use it
to soak up the river,

but I’ll be lifted like a pendulum.

A bird is pecking a skull.
It won’t open.

I watch him jump
across the split in the land,

waiting to answer someone’s question.

An animal is walking down
my hillside.

I touch my bloody leg.

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